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VIROME NGS ANALYSIS OF PESTS AND PATHOGENS FOR PLANT PROTECTION

Objective

Next generation sequencing (NGS) technology has proved to be pivotal for elucidating the complexity and the role of the microbiome associated with plant and animals. The role of the “virome” as a sub-component of the microbiome is beginning to be unveiled because of new ways to analyse the data and in recognition of its importance in shaping biological systems. The aim of VIROPLANT is to apply NGS technology and empirical biological experiments to develop new environmentally friendly virus-based control strategies to manage bacterial, fungal and insect vector-transmitted diseases (phytoplasmas and viruses) as well as insect pests. So far, plant protection through viruses has relied on limited successful model systems, such as baculoviruses for lepidopterans, and one mycovirus for the control of chestnut blight; moreover, viruses infecting bacteria (phages) are also state of the art tools with potential to cope with antibiotic resistant bacterial strains in human and veterinary medicine. VIROPLANT will create a database of new viruses (and virus derived biotechnological products) to increase the arsenal for the control of plant diseases caused by the most important biotic stresses. Different NGS and bioinformatics approaches will be applied to explore the virome diversity, including latent infections that can be potentially exploited for new biocontrol strategies. Protocols of risk assessment will be implemented for virome-based model control strategies. VIROPLANT will address the social and gender-specific perception of the use of virome-based techniques as alternatives to traditional pesticides. A business plan for representative categories of virome-based control strategies will be included. Small and medium enterprises and stakeholders will be involved in bringing the most promising products to the market. The consortium will cover experts in insect virome, phage therapy and mycoviruses from different agro-ecological systems throughout Europe.

Call for proposal

H2020-SFS-2016-2017

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Sub call

H2020-SFS-2017-2

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CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
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€ 437 837,50
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Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Italy

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Centro (IT) Lazio Roma
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Research Organisations
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€ 0,00

Participants (18)

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
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€ 293 675,00
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Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven

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Vlaams Gewest Prov. Vlaams-Brabant Arr. Leuven
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
THE UNIVERSITY OF READING

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United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 176 946,03
Address
Whiteknights Campus Whiteknights House
RG6 6AH Reading

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South East (England) Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Berkshire
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
LUONNONVARAKESKUS
Finland
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€ 242 026,68
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Latokartanonkaari 9
00790 Helsinki

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Manner-Suomi Helsinki-Uusimaa Helsinki-Uusimaa
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Research Organisations
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€ 0,00
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
France
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€ 292 725,00
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147 Rue De L'universite
75007 Paris Cedex 07

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Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
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Research Organisations
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€ 0,00
UNIVERSITAT DE VALENCIA
Spain
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€ 239 375,00
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Avenida Blasco Ibanez 13
46010 Valencia

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Este Comunitat Valenciana Valencia/València
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€ 0,00
JOHANN HEINRICH VON THUENEN-INSTITUT, BUNDESFORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUER LAENDLICHE RAEUME, WALD UND FISCHEREI
Germany
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€ 240 000,00
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Bundesallee 50
38116 Braunschweig

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Niedersachsen Braunschweig Braunschweig, Kreisfreie Stadt
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€ 0,00
EIGEN VERMOGEN VAN HET INSTITUUT VOOR LANDBOUW- EN VISSERIJONDERZOEK
Belgium
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€ 376 977,65
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Burg. Van Gansberghelaan 92 Bus 1
9820 Merelbeke

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Vlaams Gewest Prov. Oost-Vlaanderen Arr. Gent
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€ 0,00
UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Netherlands
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€ 239 825,00
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Heidelberglaan 8
3584 CS Utrecht

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West-Nederland Utrecht Utrecht
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UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID
Spain
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€ 244 306,25
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Calle Ramiro De Maeztu 7 Edificio Rectorado
28040 Madrid

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Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
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€ 0,00
UNIVERSITA' DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO-BICOCCA
Italy
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€ 135 800,00
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Piazza Dell'ateneo Nuovo 1
20126 Milano

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Nord-Ovest Lombardia Milano
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€ 0,00
METEC INNOVATION CONSULTING SRL
Italy
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€ 130 250,00
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Corso Vittorio Emanuele Ii 96
10121 Torino

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

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Nord-Ovest Piemonte Torino
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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€ 0,00
APS BIOCONTROL LTD
United Kingdom
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€ 59 950,00
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7d Muirdrum
DD7 6LE Carnoustie

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
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Eastern Scotland Angus and Dundee City
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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€ 0,00
GAB CONSULTING GMBH
Germany
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€ 32 825,00
Address
Ottenbecker Damm 10
21684 Stade

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
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Niedersachsen Lüneburg Stade
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
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GAB CONSULTING SPAIN SL
Spain
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€ 27 500,00
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Avenida Cortes Valencianas 39 8 B
46015 Valencia

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Este Comunitat Valenciana Valencia/València
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€ 0,00
ELEPHANT VERT FRANCE

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France
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€ 5 284,85
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5 Cours Du Danube
77700 Serris

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Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Seine-et-Marne
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€ 0,00
FONDAZIONE PER LA RICERCA L INNOVAZIONE E LO SVILUPPO TECNOLOGICO DELL'AGRICOLTURA PIEMONTESE
Italy
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€ 58 500,00
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Via Faliceto 24
12030 Manta Cn

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Nord-Ovest Piemonte Cuneo
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Other
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€ 0,00
BOERENBOND
Belgium
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€ 59 762,50
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Diestsevest 40
3000 Leuven

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Vlaams Gewest Prov. Vlaams-Brabant Arr. Leuven
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Other
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€ 0,00
THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
United Kingdom
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€ 38 013,54
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Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham

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West Midlands (England) West Midlands Birmingham
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€ 0,00